Coming a cropper
THANK god sunshine and warmth has arrived this week. Time for nature to catch up on seasonal delays, and the worse of the saturation to dry up.
On venues with proper car parks and solid tracks, you may have escaped sodden grounds that have been widespread in recent weeks.
Aside from minding your step, some venues and swims have been a no-go after the wettest March for a decade. I came a cropper last week after driving down a remote track and getting bogged in mud. Luckily, the shaky mobile phone signal just about held to alert the RAC. And somehow their guy, Chris, found me to tow my car free, and ensure I could get home safely.
I guess the lessons are to take more care, and turn back if it looks risky. We should tell people where we’re going fishing and when we’ll be back… but I think I said the same after the previous two occasions I’ve needed to be towed out!
WE’RE delighted to bring you another new series this week, drawing on the immense knowledge of an angler who isn’t just trotting out the company line or what’s already been written.
Archie Braddock is now 80 years young. Like other Mail men past and present, I’ve admired his approach to fishing, especially with baits. Once dubbed the ‘Nawab of Niffs’, Archie’s Flavour of Fishing starts in p.24.
ENJOY this week’s issue, and join us again next Tuesday. TIM KNIGHT